Parents, if you're looking for a fun activity to do with your kids that has a uniquely local flair, we'd like to introduce you to the books of local children's author, Julie Dart. Downtown Campbell is her happy place and she does most of her writing in various spots in and around Downtown. In her most recent book, "The Adventures of Jimmy and his Red Jacket," Julie enshrined some of her favorite places in Campbell by featuring them as places the main character visits, but changed the names of the locations.
To give parents a distinctly local activity to do with their kids while they're sheltering at home, Julie's doing a weekly read-along of "The Adventures of Jimmy and his Red Jacket." Each week's read-along includes a mystery to solve. Kids are invited to figure out the real world names of the locations that Jimmy visits. The first ten correct answers to be submitted to Julie will receive a kid sized prize from the real location that was depicted in her book.
You might not be able to go out and roam around as you wish in Downtown Campbell right now, but with a little help from your imagination, you and your kids can still explore with Julie.
"The Adventures of Jimmy and his Red Jacket" can be purchased online through Julie Dart's website or you can just follow along online in YouTube readings that she's released.
Follow Julie's Facebook page to get the weekly location riddles to earn your chance at some tasty little prizes. They're currently on week 2 of an 11 week read along. At the very end, one lucky winner will be randomly chosen to receive their very own red jacket just like the one that Jimmy wears in the book.